TONIGHT, Dragons’ Den has returned to the BBC for its sixteenth series, featuring some familiar investors – as well as some relatively new faces.
But, who are the Dragons in the latest series? Let’s get the lowdown…
Who are the Dragons’ Den dragons?
This year, newcomers to the den Jenny Campbell and Tej Lalvani are back – appearing alongside Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones and Touker Suleyman.
Let’s find out a little more about each of them.
Deborah Meaden is a 59-year-old business woman and star of Dragons’ Den.
Born in Somerset, Deborah grew up in Essex before moving back to the West Country.
She first got a taste for business when leading paid pony rides along the beach in Minehead at the age of eight.
As of 2017, she is estimated to be worth around £46m.
Peter David Jones, CBE was born March 18, 1966.
He is a British entrepreneur and businessman with interests in mobile phones, television, media, leisure and property.
He is the last original panellist on Dragons’ Den and on American television series American Inventor.
He has an estimated wealth of £475 million.
Touker Suleyman was born on August 4, 1953, in Famagusta.
He was born into a Turkish-Cypriot family and later moved to England and attended school in Peckham, south London.
He is a multi-millionaire retail and fashion entrepreneur. In 2001 his company Low Profile Group bought famed shirtmaker Hawes & Curtis for just £1.
In 2015 The Sunday Times Rich List estimated Touker as having a fortune worth £150million.
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Jenny Campbell was born in Hyde, Cheshire, on October 5, 1961 – that makes her 56.
She bought YourCash Europe Ltd – an independent cash machine operator – from RBS in 2010, and she is a noted entrepreneur.
YourCash is estimated to turnover £30m and operates more than 5,000 ATMs in the retail and corporate markets.
Campbell is married and lives in rural Suffolk with her husband and dogs. She has two sons.
When asked to reveal her net worth, Campbell laughed and said: “What I will say is, it’s common knowledge that I sold the business for £50 million.
“I was one of a number of shareholders in that, as well as we had to pay the mortgage off, so anything from nought to 50.
“But my sons will tell you that I’m priceless.”
Tej Lalvani was born on July 13, 1974 – that makes him 44.
He is the CEO of Vitabiotics – the largest vitamin company in the UK by value sales with a current group turnover of over £300 million a year.
Working with the company for 20 years, he has worked his way through the company including as a forklift driver before getting the CEO position.
He inherited the company from his father, Kartar Lalvani – who founded Vitabiotics in 1971 and still remains as chairman.
Tej Lalvani has a reported net worth of £275 million.